FAQs | Student Life

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How many students attend SMU?

On average, SMU enrolls approximately 6,350 undergraduate and 4,500 graduate and professional students. The first-year class is between 1525-1550 students.


What is the percentage of minority students?

SMU's undergraduate minority enrollment averages approximately 28%, with an additional 6% from international countries. About one in every three students on campus comes from a diverse background. SMU thrives on the dialogue and understanding created by this global community.


female and male students

What is the male-to-female ratio? 

The SMU undergraduate population is nearly 50/50 male and female. On average, the graduate population is slightly higher in the number of males.


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What percentage of first-year students return in their second year?

SMU students continue to return for their second year an average of 89-90%.


What kinds of student organizations are on campus?

There are approximately 230 student organizations in which students can explore new interests or expand upon old ones. Students have many opportunities to serve and lead, and the freedom to experiment and follow. For more information on campus organizations, visit the Student Activities website.


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What kinds of activities take place on the weekends?

Examples of weekend campus activities include academic lectures, arts and culture and social events, and sports. Off campus, it’s easy to catch the Dart train at Mockingbird Station near campus to go explore what Dallas has to offer.


SMU swimmer

What types of athletics does SMU offer?

SMU offers 17 NCAA Division I-A teams in basketball, cross-country/track and field, swimming and diving, golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball (women only), equestrian (women only), crew (women only), and football. SMU also offers several special interest sports clubs and an extensive intramural sports program. For more information on SMU athletics, visit smumustangs.com. For more information on SMU recreational sports, visit smu.edu/recsports.


Fraternity and sorority leaders

How many students participate in the Greek system, and when is recruitment? 

Approximately 48% of female undergraduates participate in sororities, and about 32% of male undergraduates participate in fraternities. Greeks are a positive force on campus: involved, service oriented, and academically competitive. SMU has deferred recruitment, meaning that recruitment week is the last week of the winter break.


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How important is community service to SMU students?

Building a sense of social responsibility through community service is central to SMU's mission. SMU offers service-learning courses, fall and spring Community Service Days, an Inter-Community Experience (ICE) program, SMU Service House residence, an Alternative Spring Break program, as well as many other service opportunities through various campus organizations. 



What type of career services are provided?

The Hegi Family Career Development Center offers advising, testing, internships, job postings, interviews, etc. For more information, visit smu.edu/career.


What types of student support services are provided?

SMU provides students with several different types of services, such as Counseling Services, the Testing Center, the Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center (A-LEC), the Career Center, the Advising Center, as well as services for students with disabilities.